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Nokia C1 Smartphone With Android 5.0 Lollipop in the Works: Report

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After launching its first Android tablet in November, the Nokia N1, the Finnish firm is now rumoured to be working on an Android 5.0 Lollipop-based smartphone called Nokia C1. If the rumour is true and smartphone is released as the Nokia C1, the firm would be breaching the Microsoft acquisition agreement.

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Apple- and Microsoft-backed patent group ends its war on Android

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And just like that, the Rockstar Consortium's lawsuit campaign against Android is over. The patent holding group (backed by Apple, BlackBerry, Ericsson, Microsoft and Sony) has sold all of its commonly held patents to clearinghouse RPX for $900 million, or a fraction of the $4.5 billion the total patent pool was worth a few years ago. Rockstar will accordingly drop the lawsuits that it still had left, including those leveled against HTC, LG and Samsung. Don't worry that RPX will promptly turn around and sue someone else, either. It already has a deal to license those patents for defensive purposes to a group of 30-plus companies, including Google and Cisco, while the Rockstar companies get to keep their licenses.

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Will A Gorgeous Android Tablet Make Dell A Player?

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Dell is about to begin selling an eye-poppingly beautiful slab of hardware. Will anyone notice?

Pricing and availability will be announced for the Venue 8 7000 at CES in January, a Dell spokeswoman said in response to an email query. (The tablet had initially been expected for release at the end of November.)

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Seven Tips To Get The Most From Your New Android Smartphone

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With applications able to run in the background and sync as they see fit, Android can rapidly eat through your cellular data allowance if you are not careful. While it’s fine to let the data run free on wi-fi, you’ll want to restrict your data usage when out and about.

Short of switching off mobile data (which defeats the purpose of a smartphone), look under the options in the Data Usage part of the settings. Here you’ll find my wallet’s favourite Android setting of ‘restrict background data’. Now when using cellular data, apps will only pull down data when they are in the foreground and you can see them doing so. If a smartphone is all about being in control, this is the option that gives you confidence.

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Leaked videos, screenshots reveal an HTC One running Android Lollipop

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No, you won’t get this gift in time for Christmas, but perhaps seeing an HTC One running Lollipop may make the wait slightly less painful.

A batch of videos and screenshots show HTC’s flagship with the newest build of Android, though of course it’s merged with the Sense 6.0 user interface (the HTC One currently runs Sense 5.0). We got a small hint of how Lollipop looks on the One in November, but this leak lays out what the entire operating system makeover looks in clearer detail.

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The best Android apps of 2014

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Monument Valley, The Room Two, Clumsy Ninja and much, much more in our pick of games released this year through the Google Play store.
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Google Plans to Integrate Android Directly Into Vehicles

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The company is working on a new Android version that will power a car's entertainment and navigation systems, connect it to the Internet, and integrate with the vehicle's sensors, a Reuters report says.

Sometime in the not-too-distant future, cars from many automakers could feature a version of Google's Android operating system built directly into the vehicles.

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Forget Google's robot cars, now it's on to ANDROID cars

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Google is planning a big push into in-car infotainment systems with an upcoming version of Android, sources claim.

"Android M" – the version to come after the current Android 5.0 "Lollipop" – will be available in a formulation designed specifically to run cars' built-in screens, Reuters reports, citing anonymous insiders with knowledge of the plan.

Google made its first advances toward the automotive world at its I/O developer conference earlier this year, when it unveiled its Android Auto software. The first Android Auto–compatible cars are expected to arrive early next year.

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Must Have Android Apps That Aren’t So Well Known

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There are must have Android apps that everyone has – the big apps that get all the buzz. There are also apps that win popularity contests in specific groups of people.

But there are also Android apps worthy of download that aren’t that well known. Think of them as the “must have” underdog list.

To avoid missing out on what may prove to be your most helpful app ever, take a look at these lesser known contenders:

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Hands-on review: CuBoxTV running OpenELEC+Kodi and Android

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This hands-on review takes a first look at SolidRun’s tiny CuBoxTV set-top box, running both its default OpenELEC/XBMC OS, as well as an Android 4.4.4 beta.

The CuBoxTV is one of several CuBox-i models currently available from Israel-based SolidRun. Whereas the full-up “CuBox-i Pro” model comes with 2GB RAM, WiFi, and Ethernet, the CuBoxTV hits a $110 price target though the reduction of RAM to 1GB and the elimination of the WiFi/Bluetooth radio module, though it still possesses the power of a Freescale i.MX6 Quad SoC clocked at around 1GHz.

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